Body of Work- Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together

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These days it’s increasingly rare to have a stable career in any field. More and more of us are blending big company jobs, startup gigs, freelance work, and volunteer side projects. We take chances to expand our knowledge, capabilities, and ...
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These days it’s increasingly rare to have a stable career in any field. More and more of us are blending big company jobs, startup gigs, freelance work, and volunteer side projects. We take chances to expand our knowledge, capabilities, and experience. But how do we make sense of that kind of career—and explain it?

Pamela Slim, the acclaimed author of Escape from Cubicle Nation, gives us the tools to have meaningful careers in this new world of work. She shows how to find the connections among diverse accomplishments, sell your story, and continually reinvent and relaunch your brand.

Product Details

Paperback: 256 pages


    Editorial Reviews


    “We are hardwired for story and no one gets that more than Pamela Slim. BODY OF WORK is a powerful and transformative book. Before this book, my journey from waiting tables to vulnerability researcher and teacher never made sense. Now, after reading BODY OF WORK and completing the exercises, I get it. Not only does it help me understand where I've been - it's renewed my passion for where I'm going and why. ”
    --Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly
    "If you're looking for a career coach, Pam Slim is the gold standard. Warm and wise, savvy and practical, "Body of Work" will guide you through today's complex career landscape -- while keeping your sense of self and personal passions alive."
    --Susan Cain, author of QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking"
    "In the pages of this life-changing book you’ll meet people who are creating beautiful lives from the most surprising materials – bravery and dedication, yes, but also fear, shame, and illness. Their courage and Pamela Slim’s words are inspiring. This book is a gift to every reader in these tough times."
    --Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
    “Whether you are starting out at your first job, a longtime corporate employee, or a successful entrepreneur, you can survive the new world of work by telling a story about your journey. Pam Slim shows you how."
    --Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte, Inc.
    "Pam Slim shows you how to thrive by building a body of work out of your experiences, knowledge, and accomplishments. A must-read for anyone who wants to achieve fulfillment, joy, and inner peace."
    --Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple and author of Enchantment
    "Heartfelt, practical and actionable, this is the rare book that will change your life if you let it."
    --Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception
    “Pam Slim has written THE modern career handbook.  Her advice, spunk, and spirit make it a joy to read.”
    –Robert Sutton, Stanford Professor, author of The No Asshole Rule and Scaling Up Excellence

    “Forget making new year’s resolutions. They are notoriously hard to keep. Instead set out on a concrete path to make the next chapter of your life more meaningful and satisfying… Begin by “finding the thread that ties your story together” suggests Pamela Slim in her new book, Body of Work.”
    “You owe it to yourself to buy a copy, as reading [Body of Work] is a great way to start the new year.”
    --Bob Sutton
    “While the book is a super easy read, the magic is not in just reading but actually digging deeper, questioning, reflecting and actually doing the exercises that Pamela has thoughtfully designed…I can confidently say that it will be one of the “game changing” books you will read in 2014.”
    --Rajesh Setty
    “Exceptional…a must-read.”
    --Jay Baer

    About the Author

    Pamela Slim is a popular blogger, career coach, and the author of Escape from Cubicle Nation. She lives with her family in Mesa, Arizona.

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    30 of 31 people found the following review helpfulBy Debra Eve on December 31, 2013
    Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
    Body of Work is a deceptively quick and easy read that will only reveal its depth in the work you do.

    If you're looking for step-by-step advice on discovering your purpose or career, you won't find it here. You will find inspiring stories and insightful questions to give your body of work new meaning and chart a future course:

    "No one is looking out for your career anymore. You must find meaning, locate opportunities, sell yourself, and plan for failure, calamity, and unexpected disasters. You must develop a set of skills that makes you able to earn an income in as many ways as possible."

    What is a body of work?

    "A body of work is big and deep and complex. It allows you to experiment and play and change and test. It supports creative freedom. It includes obvious things, like books, software code, photographs, videos, process improvements, paintings, and stories. And not-so-obvious things, like community development, love, movements, memories, and relationships."

    How do you find it? "We must tap into our deepest roots." How do you transition from one place to another? "We all need a side hustle," especially if you're still in the corporate arena.

    I love that Pam doesn't embrace the Pollyanna effect. She doesn't ask us to analyze successes with a keener eye than challenges and failures. In fact, one of the greatest skills we can develop is to view adversity as a means of growth. Her advice for hard times:

    1. Fall apart.
    2. Honor what you have.
    3. Never forget, but choose to create a new future.
    4. Be supported, and support others.

    My favorite example: Amanda Wang, a young woman with bipolar disorder who, through therapy and training as an amateur boxer, is helping others with their own fight by making a documentary.

    Finally, Pam asks us to redefine our notions of success. She doesn't quote Erma Bombeck, but in a nutshell: "Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other."

    It all sounds deceptively obvious, but Pam punctuates each concept with dozens of questions only you can answer. I lost track of the number of times she said something like, "Grab a pen and piece of paper" or "Dig deeper and write."

    Body of Work is, in fact, a workbook. Be prepared to fill a journal. I obviously didn't do so on this read through, but plan to over the next several months. If the publisher isn't preparing a workbook edition, I'd be surprised.

    Highly recommended for explorers who enjoy taking the road less traveled and digging deep.


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